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Sowmiya Ashok


Sowmiya Ashok, a former Assistant Editor at The Indian Express, is now an independent journalist based in Chennai. She reports on China, politics and the environment. She tweets @sowmiyashok

Beyond ‘racism’ controversy, a wider debate: In DGC row, question of rights, duties of a ‘public authority’
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

The question civil society activists have been asking since the Tailin Lyngdoh incident is: given that DGC cannot probably survive without government benevolence, does this not make it a ‘public authority’? And, if that is the case, how can it have rules that are essentially unconstitutional?

GST effect: Why are Delhi’s waste collectors refusing glass bottles?
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Despite the obvious effect this will have on the environment, the GST affects livelihoods and families of the waste pickers — most of whom are migrants.

Year after Sri Sri event: NGT gives one week to DDA for action plan to fix Yamuna floodplains
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

An NGT-appointed expert committee, set up to assess the damage caused to the floodplains as a result of the festival, had said it would cost over Rs 42 crore to restore the area.

Farmers Protest at Jantar Mantar: Make India suicide-free
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

Farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu, with contingents big and small, arrived to show solidarity with farmers who had lost their lives recently.

Back in Delhi, Tamil Nadu farmers find new protest partners
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

At least 100 Tamil farmers are back in the capital for a second protest stint

Follow the leader: Can Rajinikanth’s fans add up to a powerful political force? It might depend on how young they are.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

In May this year, Rajinikanth said that he would like to change the “corrupt” system in Tamil Nadu and asked his supporters to wait for the “war”.

At Delhi stop, Amit Shah takes aim at ‘dynastic’ Congress
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

“Back in the 1990s, you would have never found a single BJP worker in our neighbourhood,” said Haji Kallu, now the minority morcha president for the BJP’s New Delhi zilla.

Tanneries must follow orders or face closure: NGT on Ganga rejuvenation
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

The NGT directed authorities to submit a project action plan within six weeks, failing which the UP government would be “duty bound” to close the tannery industry and shift it to a new industrial site that has provisions for a common effluent treatment plant and common chromium recovery plant.

Another #NotInMyName, this time for Amarnath
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Around them, the #NotInMyName protest that was called to condemn the terror attack on seven pilgrims who undertook the Amarnath Yatra, had started to fizzle out.

In the lap of history: 17th Century monument caught between nostalgia and modernisation
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

Built during Shahjahan’s time, the shikargarh has been stripped off much of its splendor with pieces of the Mughal-era architecture — ornate doorways, wooden beams and decorative pillars — finding a place in different homes in the village.

Under GST, 12 per cent tax on sanitary pads: Why not spend on their disposal too, advices this waste collector
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

The 46-year-old collects waste in the NDMC area, where she and her husband go door-to-door picking up cardboard, plastic, glass bottles, and periodicals — all recyclable for a sum of money.

Faridabad lynching: Junaid’s elder brother discharged from Delhi hospital, taken home
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

The doctors sent him home with a volley of medicines: an antibiotic, a painkiller, a wound cleansing pill, a strong antacid, and a Vitamin D pill — to be taken daily for 10 days.

At Jantar Mantar: Not in my name, I came here to break the silence
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

#NotInMyName protests: A few metres away, Muslim government employee, who identified himself as a “secular insaan”, said, “I don’t want to live in an India without Hindus or temples. The beauty of our country is diversity. Why would I want to deny myself of that?”

On stage, concern over lynchings and a desperate appeal for action
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Rao’s performance followed a string of others on stage, which began with filmmaker Saba Dewan’s speech, who pointed to the “lack of action” from the government and the “complete deafening silence”.

‘Humiliated’ at Delhi Golf Club, Khasi woman asked: Do I have to buy jeans now?
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

The Club on Tuesday admitted “the incident could have been handled in a much better way” and said that an apology had been extended to the member who brought the guest.

At the madrasa in Mewat, Junaid used to wake up at 4 am, study diligently
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Fifteen-year-old Khan is dead. On a Mathura-bound train, a group of strangers allegedly made references to his food habits. They called him a “beef-eater” and stabbed him to death. At the madrasa, he resided in for the past year, in Mewat, Haryana, all he ate was dalia for breakfast.

For one Gurgaon society, a long road ahead for clean air
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

Less than a month ago, residents wrote to the HPCB demanding the factory be shut down.

Despite real-time monitoring, no data on Gurgaon’s air quality for 10 days
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

According to an analysis of the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB’s) AQI bulletin archives, there is no data for 17 days — this despite Gurgaon being one of the four places in Haryana where real-time monitoring stations have been installed.

After securing victory in MCD polls, Delhi BJP eyes on Assembly elections
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Victory secured in the civic polls, the Delhi BJP has its eyes set on the Assembly elections. With its prospects hinging on the support of the Purvanchali community, The Indian Express finds out if betting on Manoj Tiwari will pay off for the party.

‘City Forest’ At Geeta Colony: ‘In a few years, this will be a jungle, just like the ones we see in the movies’
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

A Delhi Forest Department staffer has initiated a conducted tour of the ‘Taj Enclave City Forest’, inaugurated with much fanfare in east Delhi’s Geeta Colony recently.

When 2 rivers are legally living persons: some rights, some questions
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

For judicial purposes, living persons are “juristic persons” to which the law attributes personality for good and sufficient reasons.

Yamuna floodplains: Expert panel distorted facts and exceeded powers, says AOL to NGT
Tue, May 30, 2017

In March last year, AOL had held the World Culture Festival over three days on the Yamuna floodplains. Subsequently, an NGT-appointed expert panel had pegged the damage at over Rs 42 crore.

Ravidass Camp: In Delhi slum, the wait for Amit Shah — and Mann Ki Baat
Mon, May 29, 2017

BJP will organise many booth-level sessions starting this month across the country, taking Modi’s Mann Ki Baat to the people.

A Love Like No Other: In the time of online dating, how does one find everlasting love now?
Sun, May 28, 2017

From PCOs to smartphones, dating then and now.

Delhi: At Rewla, residents demand basics — water, good schools
Fri, May 26, 2017

Kejriwal's pit stop in Rewla was part of a series of villages that the chief minister visited in Matiala and Najafgarh constituencies in a bid to “explain the advantages” of the LPP.